Duration: 16 Days
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Tsum meaning Vivid in the Tibetan language is the hidden gem of Nepal in the Himalayas. Situated in the northern Gorkha, the hidden valley is isolated from modern development and facilities. Far from disturbances in the lap of the Himalayas, the Tsum valley trek is a blend of Tibetan cultures and majestic panorama of Sringi Himal (7187m), Ganesh Himal (7422m) and Buddha Himal (6672m).
Being a recently opened trekking route, Tsum valley is not exposed like other trekking destinations of Nepal. The 16 days Tsum valley trek starts from the city of temple, Kathmandu and takes you deep into the picturesque village of Soti Khola, Maccha Khola, Jagat, initially following the trail of the Manaslu circuit. As you trek further from Jagat you will walk past the quaint village of Lokpa, Chumling, Chhokhang Paro, Nile and then to Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa, sacred Buddhist sites of the region. As the journey moves ahead the serene beauty of the hills, landscapes, woodlands and the warm hospitality of locals soothe your body and soul, making the trip even more worthwhile. Get an insight into the Tibetan influenced culture, lifestyle and tradition of locals as you stay in tea houses overnight and walk past Chortens, mani walls and gompas on your way. Tsum valley trek is indeed an exhilarating experience in the isolated hidden gem of Nepal in the Himalayas.
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Travellers should be comfortable with somewhat-demanding activities.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel room in Kathmandu. In the Evening a short briefing will be done about the trek. With all the trek preparations, get into your bed as you have a long ride the next day.
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the bus stop in Maxapokhari, from where you will catch a local bus to Arughat. The journey from Kathmandu to Arughat traverses through the highway shops, gushing Trishuli River, highland hills and small villages. Upon your arrival in Arughat, you will be transferred to Soti Khola in a local jeep where you will be spending your night.
The official trekking journey starts off today, as you hit the trail along the riverbank of Budi Gandaki River via lush green forests. Passing through terraced fields, cascading waterfalls and crossing the suspension bridge you will walk up to the village of Labubesi. Descend your way to the sandy river bed towards the village of Maccha Khola enjoying the views of majestic mountains, tropical waterfalls and picturesque village setting.
Following the course of Budi Gandaki River and crossing the suspension bridge towards Khorlabesi. The views from Khorlabesi will leave you awestruck. The majestic snow-capped Ganesh Himal will welcome you throughout the journey. Today's trial is almost ascending and descending many ridges simultaneously at times making your way to Thado Varyang. From Thado Varyang the walk is almost the same, as you cross suspension bridges, climb ridges and walk along the bank making your way to Jagat overnight. The village offers glorious views of the Siring Himal.
After registering the Permit at the checkpoint of Jagat, you enter the restricted area of the Manaslu region, Tsum valley. The trail continues with the rocky ridges that pass through bamboo, pine and rhododendron forest until you reach Sirdibas via Salleri. Making your way from Ghatte Khola, cross the suspension bridge and continue your walk towards the Gurung village, Philim. As you pass Ekkle Bhatti the trail gets separated to Tsum valley. The very first village of Tsum Valley, Lokpa welcomes you into the valley with tantalizing views of Manaslu together with Himalchuli.
Getting deeper into the valley, today you will trek to another quaint village of Chumling. Descending the trail to Lungwa River and then ascending the trail towards the dense forest of Pine and blossoming rhododendron, you make your way to Gumling, the neighbouring village of Chumling. All along the trek, you will witness the looming ranges of Ganesh Himal, Baudha Himal until you reach the village of Chumling after crossing the Syar Khola. Visit the local monastery and behold the captivating views of Ganesh Himal.
With the captivating views of Ganesh Himal in the background, you trek along the Syar Khola. A local monastery in your way will remind you of the Tibetan influences in the area. On ascending from the village of Gho, you finally reach Chhokangparo. The village offers a majestic panorama of the Himalayas on a clear day.
Continuing the journey, today you hit the trail to the Nile via Milarepa cave. The cave is sacred in this region, where St. Milarepa meditated and still has his footprints preserved and noticeable in the rocks. Walking past small villages, local schools, Chortens and lama goan along the flat fields make your way to Rachen Gompa. On crossing Syar Khola, walk past the village of Phurbe, Pangdun, Chule to finally into the Nile after crossing the bridge and climbing to the village.
Today you pay a visit to the local monastery, Mu Gompa with an easy hike that passes through the rich landscape of the region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region established in 1895 AD. The monastery houses 100 monks and does not have any other village settlements. The monastery has rows of Chortens and offers the sights of unsurpassed mountain vistas. Located in the lap of the Himalayas, the Dhephu Doma Gompa is the oldest monastery in the Tsum valley and lies 30-40 minutes away from the Mu Gompa. Explore both of the sites and enjoy the serene beauty of the Lungdang glacier, yak pastures and the Himalayan ranges.
Leaving Mu Gompa behind, today you will walk past the village of Chule and Phurbe. The trek to Burgi village takes about 4 hours and offers an alluring glimpse of Kipu Himal and Churke Himal.
The trek today is mostly downhill. Enjoy the views as you trek down to Chhokhang Paro and then to the village of Gho. Crossing the bridge over Syarpu Khola you reach the village of Chumling where you will be spending the night.
Walking along the flat trail, enjoying the views of Samba falls via the village of Lokpa you reach Philim after 6 to 7 hours of treks. Enjoy the sights of the village accompanied by the mighty Himalayas.
Continuing the downward journey via the village of Jagat and Tatopani you reach the village of Khorlabesi. Descending from Sirdibas to Jagat, you will further walk to Dovan. Hop up into the hot spring bath in Tatopani and let your tired body release the tension in your legs and calves. After the refreshing bath, head your journey via uphill and downhill trails to reach Khorlabesi.
Crossing the Thado Khola, descend down the river to Maccha Khola village and reach the village of Labubesi. From Labubesi you will pass through waterfalls and forest areas until you reach the village of Soti Khola via Khursane village.
Bidding goodbye to the serene beauty of the Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley, you will head to the capital city Kathmandu. Enjoying the views of the countryside, highway shops and tranquil rivers you will finally reach Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel room.
Your last day in Nepal is here. We hope you enjoyed our company. You will be transferred to your hotel room 3 hours prior to departure. Safe travels!!
All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
3 standard meals a day during the trek
Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
Kathmandu-Sotikhola by Jeep and Sotikhola to Kathmandu by Local bus
Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Tsum Valley trip.
Porter services (1 porter = 2 trekkers)
All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
Required Manaslu Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
First aid medicine kit
Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
Government taxes & office service charge
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
Personal trekking equipment or expenses
Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.